Stan Lee was embroiled in heaps of authorized disputes within the closing months of his life and even now, almost a 12 months after his passing, it appears to be like like these battles will not be stopping anytime quickly. Saturday night, TMZ reported Stan Lee Entertainment had sued JC Lee, the daughter of the late Marvel icon. According to the tabloid — which offered no sourcing on the go well with — the corporate Stan based in 1998 had sued JC (Joan Celia) due to her alleged inadequacy in operating the Lee Family Survivor’s Trust. SLE additionally reportedly alleged Lee was attempting to “loot SLE’s intellectual property.”
Then, in a weird accident, TMZ up to date the preliminary article by suggesting SLE and JC had been now working collectively to “remedy issues” involving the mental property created by Stan. “We are working collectively to treatment all the problems created by Stan Lee’s previous relationship with Pow! Entertainment,” JC and SLE president Shirrel Rhoades shared with TMZ.
Just final month, JC filed go well with in opposition to POW! in an try to realize full management not solely over her father’s mental property, but in addition his identify and likeness. “When Stan Lee died in November 2018, his daughter, as his only heir and Trustee of his Estate, gathered a forensic team of lawyers and accountants to investigate the facts surrounding the actions of Stan Lee’s supposed partners with whom Lee had stopped communicating during the last year of his life,” the unique grievance reads. “In so doing, it was learned the extent to which the rights to Stan Lee’s intellectual property had been looted, muddied and entangled by POW! and a range of bad actors enabled by POW!.”
After information started circulating of the lawsuit between JC and POW!, the latter offered ComicBook.com a press release concerning the continuing authorized dispute. You can learn the assertion in its entirety under.
“It is really unlucky that Stan Lee’s identify must be concerned in these continued frivolous actions that are really nothing greater than household drama.
J.C. Lee and others have unsuccessfully introduced these exact same arguments to court docket in a number of instances over the previous 20 years, sadly, even leveling these arguments in opposition to her father when he was nonetheless alive. In these prior instances, the court docket system dominated in POWs favor, confirming with out query POW! is the authorized and correct proprietor of those rights. We are greater than assured that this case will likely be promptly disposed of by the courts.
What is really saddening for these at POW!, a lot of whom have been Stan’s Closest confidants, mates, and enterprise associates for thus a few years, is to see his estranged daughter utilizing Stan’s identify in such a brazen and clear effort to realize media consideration and extract some monetary settlement. The actuality is that Stan Lee himself left particular directions, together with authorized declarations, specifying that JC Lee is to not have any management, say, declare, proper, or curiosity in or to the mental property that Stan left behind. Stan’s personal directions dictate that JC Lee is to not have any involvement in any respect within the business improvement of Stan’s mental property. POW! is now, and at all times has been, Stan Lee’s firm and his legacy and will likely be ceaselessly, the best way he wished it to be.
All of the previous authorized actions are a matter of public file and plainly present that the current authorized motion is nothing greater than a perverse publicity stunt.”